The question was asked how I am getting it to grow. *I am amazed to learn this is a difficult species, for me, this grows better than most of my other Nepenthes! *When I received the plant, it was the size of a half dollar, and no pitchers. *Less than a year later it is 3 inches high and has about 6 pitchers, although they are small. *I have the plant in pure live moss, with a layer of pearlite on the bottom. *It is a 6 inch by 6 inch square pot, which allows for the tendrils to nestle into the moss. *The sphagnum is a dense short red variety that does not overwhelm the plant. *The pitchers and some of the leaves are lightly covered by the growing moss, which I occasionally tamp down if things get out of hand. *The plant sits in tray watering, always. *Occasionally I spray the leaves. perhaps once a day when temps. are highest. *Day temps are in the high 70's - mid-80's, dropping to the high 50's at night in the cooler months. *In summer, it just remains at ambient room temperature, with perhaps a 5
degree drop. *Unlike the highlanders, this does not affect its pitchering. *It is in a tank with *(8) *40 watt assorted spectrum lights about 7 inches from the plant, and 100% humidity. *I notice if the sphagnum grows, so does the plant. *I do not feed the plant. *Possibly the trap production is a result of being hungry? *It is important that the tendrils be allowed to sink a bit into the moss I think, and not overhang the pot. *Well, there you have it. *I am very pleased to learn that my cultivation is good, as I hope to impress my source to part with a N. hamata come spring. *I have a cool cellar that never gets above 65F, even in the hottest days of summer, so I hope that I can soon try my hand at some real highlanders. *Thanks all for the kind welcome in my previous post: I have been up to my ears with Pygmy Drosera gemmae sending, with little time to respond! *At least my Nepenthes are fairly low maintenence!
Of course, I will now have to have a greenhouse of some sort. *I realize this after seeing Nep G's wonderful home for his plants! *I was just given some very nice plants from a forum member who is no longer able to grow them, and my terrarium space is getting smaller with every day they grow. *Right now all the plants are small, but after reading Swords comments I realize that I had better come up with a plan, and soon! *The highlanders love new York winters, and it seems to me the rapid temperature drop at night is a big part of their happieness. *I am learning much from you all, this is a great forum!!